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The Columbia Guide to Irish American History (Columbia Guides to American History and Cultures) Hardcover – September 14, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0231120708 ISBN-10: 0231120702

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  • Series: Columbia Guides to American History and Cultures
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press (September 14, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0231120702
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231120708
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #397,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you want a heroic effort at encapsulating Irish American history, this is your book.

(Library Journal)

Anyone interested in the history of Irish America will welcome this book.

(Jay P. Dolan America)

For those interested in getting a broad overview of Irish American history, pop culture and sociology... an excellent read.

(Irish America Magazine 1900-01-00)

The Columbia Guide to Irish American History is a 'must have' for any student, professional or lay person.

(James A. Cox Midwest Book Review 1900-01-00)

Very well done...an excellent starting point for readers new to the topic.

(Agnes H. Widder American References Books Annual 1900-01-00)

This book is indispensable for collections on Irish American history and politics... Essential.

(Choice)

A remarkable accomplishment, impressive in both the breadth and depth of its scholarship.

(Bill Mulligan H-Net)

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Comprehensive in its coverage, and written in a clear and engaging style, this outstanding reference work will be of interest to both the professional scholar and the general reader. In its broad range of topics and the depth of its understanding, The Columbia Guide to Irish American History is an authoritative and indispensable resource for the study of a familiar but little known people who have been at the heart of the American narrative from its colonial inception to the present day.

(David Gerber, University of Buffalo, coeditor of American Immigration and Ethnicity: A Reader)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John L Murphy TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 21, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I came across this and snapped it up. As an obscure contributor to a forthcoming encyclopedic reference work on Irish America myself, I wanted to see what this well-known and respected historian, all by himself (except for one section), could produce. Since I come from literary/cultural studies, I was eager to find out how history was faring in the Irish American realm. This handy reference work, unlike many such creations, can be read at length as well as consulted quickly. It combines an historical overview with both brief encyclopedic entries and lengthier essays organized by time and by topic.

It's ambitious--part one surveys history in six chapters from the 17c to the present. Part two examines in topical chapters Gender & Family; Politics; Nationalism; Race. Part three gives extended entries, as a mini-encyclopedia--with the help of other contributors--of major people, organizations, and terms. A chronology takes up part four; an annotated bibliography that extensively breaks down into helpful sub-categories many books and a few articles and monographs on the Irish American experience ends this compact but sufficiently detailed compendium.

My review here cannot be comprehensive; like nearly any reader except for the author, I lack full knowledge of the many fields Meagher synthesizes. But a highlight for me was his extended consideration, in the "Race" section of part two, of the whiteness theory that has attracted exponents and detractors in the past fifteen or so years.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on February 9, 2006
Format: Hardcover
The Columbia Guide To Irish American History is a scholarly examination of the role of Irish Americans in shaping national history. Once perceived as a threat to mainstream society, Irish Americans gradually became an integral part of the American tapestry; over 40 million Americans claim Irish descent today. Author and associate professor of history Timothy J. Meagher examines records and testimonies of Irish Americans from their immigration to Colonial America to the era of the Great Potato Famine to the late twentieth century, and pays particular attention to Irish American participation in politics, as well as Irish American nationalism. Intended especially as a general introduction and a solid resource for novice to intermediate students of Irish American history, culture, and society, The Columbia Guide To Irish American History is a "must-have" for any student, professional or lay person seeking to better familiarize themselves with Irish American contributions to the nation.
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